They say that as one door closes, another opens, and that’s certainly the case for Oceania Cruises. The luxury cruise line has taken a ban on cruise ships entering Cuba and turned it into an opportunity to visit some of the most adventurous and exotic destinations we have seen in years.
Sirena Exotic Collection
The new ‘Sirena Exotic Collection’ features 10 to 24-day itineraries visiting some of the most difficult to reach destinations in the world. Each itinerary has been curated to satiate guests’ appetites for new and unusual travel experiences; the result is Oceania Cruises’ most exotic collection to date.
The Sirena Exotic Collection spans from November 2020 to spring 2021, starting with a 12-day voyage from Jerusalem to Istanbul, before charting a course through the Red Sea to the Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman, then India, the Maldives and Myanmar. Here are some of the most unique, enticing destinations on offer.
Rural Turkish life abounds in Dikili, a real natural beauty that perches on the Aegean Sea. Surrounded by mountains, pine forests, olive groves and thermal springs, this little fishing village is as genuine and authentic as its locals. The food is divine, the cobbled streets make ambling for hours a pleasure and the Ancient Greek ruins of Pergamum are considered to be some of the best in the world.
Egypt is one of those destinations that intrigues from a young age when tales of pharaohs and pyramids left us awestruck. Luxor is its heart, majestic and commanding, home to the Karnak and Luxor temples. Cross the Nile to the Valley of the Kings, place of the Tutankhamun’s tomb, the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the grand Colossi of Memnon. And once you’re full to the brim with history, set out for the vast, sweeping sand of the surrounding desert and indulge in a Bedouin feast under the stars.
Asia enraptures us with the promise of a life entirely different from our own. Everything you can see from Rangoon is bigger, bolder, brighter and more gilded than anything seen this side of the world. Stand at the foot of the towering Shwedagon Pagoda and catch a 230ft Buddha reclining lazily at the Chaukhtatgyi Pagods. Equally unmissable is the Botahtaung Pagoda, named after the 1,000 military leaders who escorted the sacred hair relics of Buddha here from India more than 2000 years ago. And when you need some light relief from the endless splendour, the Yangon Zoo awaits with one of the world’s most notable collections of wildlife.
Who is desperate to escape to the Maldives? Malé is the paradise isle’s low-lying capital and its position makes it one of the best places on earth for diving. Oceania Cruises’ overnight stay here means plenty of time to do absolutely nothing but sink your toes in the sand, open an ice-cold beer, wade to your waist in gin-clear warm waters and bask in the feeling that this is exactly where you are supposed to be.
The Sirena Exotic Collection simmers with ports of call that aren’t often seen on itineraries, like the Indonesian town of Sabang. At one time, this sleepy colonial spot was a larger shipping power than Singapore, though the two couldn’t be more different nowadays. The island of Pulau Weh on which Sabang is built is a natural beauty and whether you hike its coves and caves, swim in its fish-filled waters or eat its exotic roti bakar toast, you’ll feel the same blissful contentment regardless.
The Sirena Exotic Collection from Oceania Cruises is on sale now. Speak to a Cruise Expert on 01246 819819 today to embark on an adventure unlike any other you’ve ever known.